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Do Zon's and Modulus Basses Play Alike?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tapp, Oct 17, 2001.


  1. Tapp

    Tapp

    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I've played several Modulus basses and as much as I want to like them; I don't. The necks do not feel right to me; Maybe their too stiff I don't know?

    I hear lots of good things about Zon's but I've never played one. Do they feel similar? It may be that I'm not a graphite neck person and that's fine but I'm just trying to see if that's it.

    Tapp
     
  2. I've owned both a Modulus 6 string Quantum and 3 Zons. They are very different. I like both brands. I would encourage you to try a Zon and judge for yourself.

    Jeff
     
  3. Yeah, I think that they do play differently--at least the neck profiles are different. I had one Zon, and have had three Moduli. I prefer the feel and sound of the Modulus basses, but it could go either way; they're both awesome!
     
  4. Dirty Road Cola

    Dirty Road Cola Guest

    Sep 8, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    I own both a Moduli and a Zon. I love the Zon, but I'm beginning to like the Modulus for some odd reason..(zon's a 5, moduli is a 4..) they're both totally different beasts.

    Both good sounding beasts, though :)
     
  5. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    To me, the Zon has a certain growl to it. That puts it above the Modulus to me.
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    That's the way my ears hear it too.

    Modulus makes wonderful basses, but the tone doesn't do it for me the way the tone of a Bart equipped Zon does, especially the fretlesses.
     
  7. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    I am very interested in a 35" scale fiver. The stability of a graphite neck also interests me.

    Last week, I went into Mars in St. Louis. They had three Q5s, two rigged w/ EMGs and one with the Bart setup. I had already convinced myself and my wife that $2500 was a reasonable amount of money to spend on a bass and I was fully prepared to drop the loot for one of those Q5s. I had been eyeing them for a while. They are simply beautiful instruments. But they had them up high to keep away the urchins, and I really wasn't interested enough to want to play them.
    I asked the clerk to fetch me one, and so he did. I played the EMG one first. It did NOTHING for me. The Bart one was better but still nowhere near worth me spending that kind of money.

    Only after playing those basses, do I really understand what you guys are talking about when you use the word "sterile."

    I did like the Modulus Genesis 5. There was much more character in the tone. Although you guys have me interested in trying out a Zon. I need to find out who sells them in St. Louis. If I don't dig the Zon, I may go back and buy the Genesis.

    It was really hard to leave there without a bass. But I think I am a better man for it.

    Chas
     
  8. Tapp

    Tapp

    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    Thanks guys for the insight. I do want to play a Zon (especially fretless), I just thought maybe I'm not a graphite neck kinda guy since the Modulus has never done anything for me.

    Tapp